“We create beauty for beauty’s sake, not just displays.” –Brian Kissinger, Desert Botanical Garden

In Phoenix, springtime’s desert and dining scenes are intoxicating. Plan your escape now.

Spring is slow to arrive in Utah, but in Phoenix the season is in full bloom. For proof, visit the city’s celebrated Desert Botanical Garden where acres of wondrously planted desert are woven with meandering trails, spectacular vistas and striking venues.

More than 23,000 accessioned cacti and succulents, of all shapes and sizes, are gathered from all over the world and presented in an outdoor gallery, placed and paired to accentuate their forms, colors and unique characteristics. “We present them as art, not simply species tagged with their name,” says Horticultural Director Brian Kissinger, who passionately views the desert landscape as a canvas and the cacti and agaves as his medium.

“We create beauty for beauty’s sake, not just displays,” he explains. The garden’s peaceful paths, towering saguaros, fragrant desert blooms and swathes of shapely agaves flowing across the landscape combine to create an unforgettable sensory experience.

Image: Adam Rodruguez

Don’t miss the season’s calendar of events, plus a  new Butterfly Pavilion and Horticultural Campus, both opening this spring. Desert Botanical Garden, dbg.org

Brian Kissinger, Desert Botanical Garden

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